A set of pearly white teeth and a healthy straight gum line are equally indispensable factors to a confidently beautiful smile. However, it might be difficult to wear a smile with total confidence if you have uneven gum structure. You feel your gum tissues are overshadowing your overall appeal when smiling, thus making you feel less attractive and confident.
According to a study, there are approximately 7% of men and 14% of women who have excessive gingival display better known as a “gummy smile”. A gummy smile is due to overgrowth of gum tissues (where more than 3 mm of gum tissue covers the teeth) making the gums more prominent and the teeth seem too short. This can be genetic or due to some health issues.
Here are some common causes of a gummy smile.
- Abnormal eruption of the teeth. Excessive gum tissues cover the teeth, which make them appear shorter even if they are normal length.
- Lip is too short. The length of your lip is inadequate to cover your teeth and gums.
- Hypertonic lip. The muscle that controls the movement of the upper lift is hyperactive causing it to rise higher than normal exposing your gum tissue when you smile.
- Gingival hypertrophy. Gums are too long.
- Vertical maxillary excess. The jaw is too long or abnormal jaw development.
With the advanced dental technology, best dental treatments are made possible to correct a gummy smile. One of them is the dental laser gum remodelling surgery. It is a minimally invasive, suture and graft free dental laser gum remodelling procedure to fix uneven gum structure. The cutting edge technology of the Soft Tissue Diode Laser is administered to reduce the prominence of gums to perfectly highlight your teeth (expose more of the tooth’s surface) in a simple, fast and virtually painless one time office visit.
In this procedure, a dental laser gum remodelling dentist uses a local anesthetic to numb the patient’s mouth and the Diode Laser is used to sculpt a perfectly uniform and scalloped gum line by removing excess and uneven gum tissue in as little as 15 minutes. Recovery from this procedure is less than one week with small to no risk of infection. Only a fraction of patients have experienced excessive bleeding, swelling of the gums and or an allergic reaction to anesthesia.
If the shortness of your upper teeth due to excessive gingival display overwhelms you, visit a certified cosmetic dentist to examine your mouth, gums and teeth to identify the underlying causes, the extent of your condition, and ultimately to determine the best dental solutions for your dental woe—your gummy smile. With laser Gum Resurfacing and Remodelling, transforming a gummy smile into a confidently awesome smile isn’t impossible. Indeed, a gummy smile can be fixed!